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2012 TERRE ROUGE Syrah, Côtes de l'Ouest

2012 TERRE ROUGE Syrah, Côtes de l'Ouest
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SKU: TR_SY_Cotes_12


92 PTS. The Wine Enthusiast

We are Syrah specialists, here at Terre Rouge. Our vineyards are well established at elevations up to 3200'. This syrah, from the "western slopes of the Sierra" is a wine that everyone can afford to drink and enjoy. We blend about 60% of grapes from our lowest elevations with 40% from our highest vineyards to create a lovely, balanced syrah.


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This wine has forward fruit flavors and great acid balance. It is very smooth and savory in the mouth.
We harvested theses Syrah sites very late in 2012 on the 20th and 21st of October at approximately 24.5 to 25.0° brix. The berry size was about normal in 2012, but we decided to co-ferment the Syrah with a bit of Viognier in each fermentor to finesse the wine. The grapes were lightly crushed and fermented in our larger tanks and irrigated to minimize tannin extraction and aged 17 months in 20% new and 80% used French oak barrels. The finished wine is 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier. It was bottled in March of 2014. We think this is always one of the best bottles of Syrah on the market for around 20 bucks!


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